Another shot of the Roue de Paris on the on the Place de la Concorde. I read that the wheel, which is portable and has traveled around the world, is usually broken down later in May, so I guess we were lucky to visit when we did!
Things were crazy around the Eiffel Tower even late at night, so we took a long, quiet walk across the river through the 16th arrondissement and then on into the 8th and down the Champs-Élysées. All around us, cars honked continuously and passengers joyfully hung out of the windows and waved French flags to celebrate Macron winning the French election that night. So many things about Paris felt magical, but that moment in particular gives me chills to think about now. We felt like such a part of an important moment. So we took a ride on the Roue de Paris to celebrate!
After dinner, we walked out into the quiet streets of the 7th arrondissement and saw a light from the top of the Eiffel Tower beckoning us to re-visit it at night. We walked about halfway back the Champ de Mars to set up our tripod, and just as I was turning the camera on, the Tower started sparkling from top to bottom with glittery white lights! Apparently this happens every hour on the hour after sunset, but we hadn’t expected it at all, and I literally gasped as how beautiful it was. Here’s a long-exposure shot showing all of the lights lit up.
And then we went and actually saw the Eiffel Tower! It’s exactly as beautiful as you think it is. And also weirdly accessible? With iconic NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building or the World Trade towers, you can be right underneath them, and they look like any other building. And then you have to keep moving, anyway, because you’re on a New York City street. But people were picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower, enjoying the park around it, pouring wine and taking selfies without mean New Yorkers telling them to move along. (Still love you, NYC!)
Walking through the Esplanade des Invalides park, we looked off to our right and saw our first hint of the Eiffel Tower. Imagine having that in your backyard.